Serena Williams' Husband Alexis Ohanian Makes Statement With 'Greatest Athlete' Shirt

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Serena Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, is setting the record straight about his wife's standing among the greatest athletes around.

During Williams' Australian Open match against Simona Halep on Feb. 16, her husband of three years, who has been known to cheer his wife on in the stands, stood in the crowd wearing a white Nike T-shirt that read, "Greatest Female Athlete," with the word "Female" crossed out. The statement-making text was accompanied by a picture of the pro tennis player. 

The Reddit co-founder took to Instagram after the match to praise his wife's big win and gave a little shout-out to the fans, who he said helped pick the T-shirt out for him.

"Onward. 👏 Thanks for helping pick my shirt, IG squad. If you want your own, ask @nike," Ohanian wrote.

Alexis Ohanian cheers on wife, Serena Williams, at 2021 Australian Open
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The shirt, which has since gone viral, has sparked a debate online, comparing recent Super Bowl winner Tom Brady to Williams.

"39 year old @serenawilliams. Wow. We spent weeks talking about the amazing Tom Brady. He deserves it. So does she. Serena is a phenom. She’s through to the quarter finals at the #AusOpen. We still get to watch this once in a lifetime talent...don’t miss it," one Twitter user wrote.

"So, we’ve settled the debate, right? Tom Brady is impressive, but @serenawilliams is the GOAT," another user added.

But it's not up for debate for Ohanian, and if we know anything about this proud husband, we know he's going to continue to support, defend and cheer for his wife -- on, and off the court, sometimes with a little guest too.

Williams spoke to the Tennis Channel after her match Tuesday about someday playing doubles with her daughter, Olympia, on Australian Open courts.

"It was the only thing that we could do social-distance for almost a whole year of COVID, so I was like, 'I would never put my daughter in tennis,' and then, it's the best socially-distanced sport that you know, I think, that you can play," Williams said.

The three-year-old is basically ready to go. She even has a coach.

"My three-year-old has a coach, how ridiculous is that," the tennis superstar added with a laugh.

On Thursday, Williams will face off against Naomi Osaka in the semifinals. Osaka famously defeated Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open.

Tune-in for continued coverage of the Australian Open on Tennis Channel and ESPN now through Feb. 21.

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